Harry Tenafly
Created by Richard Levinson & William Link

HARRY TENAFLY (James McEachin) was what most television PIs weren't -- a happily married, middle-class family man with no interest in violence, beautiful women or baffling crimes. Needless to say, trouble couldn't stay away from him.

Tenafly was the first post-Columbo series to be produced by the good lieutenant's creators, Richard Levinson and William Link, and was also a star vehicle for James McEachin, an enormously likable character actor with an everyman quality about him. The character and the series stood in sharp contrast to the other series about an African-American private eye that debuted that same season -- SHAFT. In fact, Levinson and Link may not have conceived the character as black; McEachin just happened to be the actor who embodied the qualities they wanted. Only four 90-minute episodes were produced as part of NBC's Mystery Movie wheel and I remember next to nothing about them except I thought McEachin deserved better. The show might have played better as a weekly hour rather than stretched to 90 minutes.


Contributed by Ted Fitzgerald.

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